Review: A Royal Christmas Quandary

Review: A Royal Christmas Quandary

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A Royal Christmas Quandary by Samantha Hastings is the perfect read to get you feeling festive. This historical novel contains shenanigans and a bit of mystery as a prince goes missing. Both the main characters are easy to root for, and their dialogue is engaging. This is such a fun read that I would definitely recommend this holiday season.

Review: A Royal Christmas QuandaryTitle: A Royal Christmas Quandary
Author: Samantha Hastings
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

When you spend Christmas in a castle, anything is possible.

1860. Lady Alexandrina Gailey is looking forward to a cozy holiday at Windsor Castle with her best friend, Princess Alice, and her long-time crush, Lord George Worthington. But Drina's plans are all but dashed when Alice's parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, declare that Alice must choose one of two royal princes to become engaged to before Christmas.

There's just one problem: George, a junior member of the Foreign Office, has accidentally misplaced one of the princes.

Together, Drina and George scour the town of Windsor for the missing prince, desperately hoping to deliver him to the royal dinner party with the queen none the wiser. They might just need a royal Christmas miracle to pull it off.

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Review: A Royal Christmas Quandary

This book follows Drina, only child who could lose her status after her father’s death, as she tries to find a way to claim her title without having to get married. George, on the other hand, dreams of becoming an engineer, counter to his father’s wishes for his future. When Prince Albert goes missing, Drina and George team up to find him, and find love in the process. This book contains castles and cameos from actual historical figures, and it is filled with hijinks.

❀ Friends to Lovers Trope

Both Drina and George are surprisingly well-developed for such a short read. I loved how independent Drina is, wanting to claim her title without having to rely on a man, and the feminist theme was a nice surprise. Drina and George have such an entertaining dynamic, and I really enjoyed their witty dialogue. If you enjoy the friends to lovers trope, this is one to pick up.

❀ Short and Sweet

A Royal Christmas Quandary by Samantha Hastings is a short and sweet historical holiday read. Its plot is upbeat and entertaining, and both the main characters are lovable. I would definitely recommend this to those looking for something quick to get them in the holiday spirit.

About Samantha Hastings

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Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey-sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. THE LAST WORD is her debut novel.

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